On the Smugness of Minimalists

I’m in a slightly ranty mood, so take from this post what you will!

I have stuff. And I like all of it. I’m not a hoarder in the sense that I keep absolute rubbish, but I do get sentimental about things. I come from a family of hoarders, so in my defence, I never had a chance.

I get that energetically, it’s better to have less ‘stuff’. To have a clear space is to have a clear mind, and I have to say, every time I watch a decluttering program (I do love Marie Kondo!) I have the urge to clean, tidy and purge my stuff. And some things have improved – my drawers contain all Konmari style folded clothes now, and have done for months. But some things don’t change.

And one of those things is, I like my stuff.

I’m not just a writer. Or even just a reader. I have a LOT of interests and hobbies. I knit, crochet, scrapbook, sew and create all sorts of crafty things. I love stationery (washitape is my current addiction) so I have a lot of papers, pens, stickers, notebooks etc. I run my own business, so I have stock, packaging, and equipment like lighting etc for filming videos.

And you might be reading this, thinking – so what? Why is this an issue? Well, the issue is, I don’t own my own home, and in the last 12 years, the longest I have stayed anywhere is my current home for the last 13 months. So I have moved, a LOT, and every time, I get so many comments from people on just how much stuff I have. Yet I bet any of them would struggle to move their belongings every few months!

I honestly do wish I could be minimalist, and believe me, I have done energetic work on having too much stuff. But the things is, I love the things I own. In the words of Marie Kondo – they bring me joy.

What doesn’t bring me joy is having to pack them up and move them all the time! So of course, the easy solution is to have a permanent home. But unless a magical unicorn that poops gold bars drops out of the sky right now, that’s not really an option.

There’s not really a point to this post, I was just feeling ranty because many minimalist people seem so smug about not having so much stuff, and to be honest – if I were minimalist, I’d probably be smug too. It does seem like an easier way of life!

But until I find the magical minimalist pill, or a gold bar pooping unicorn, I guess I better just get used to packing a lot of boxes…

(This image may seem completely random, but it shows one of the many craft projects I have done in my life and had a fun quote on it!)

EarthAngelTV – 26 episodes later

In August 2018, I decided to create my own TV show for YouTube. Having been on TV a couple of times, and enjoying making oracle reading videos and doing FB lives, I decided that the next thing I wanted to do was to create a show with an episode posted every week.

To clear any obstacles that might stop me from doing it, I went through the Unicorn Workshop process that I created, and within a month, I had got the equipment I needed, created the titles, chosen a name, found editing software, and then recorded 16 episodes in one weekend!

EarthAngelTV launched on the 1st September 2018, and I posted a video every day for 7 days, and then since then, I have posted one episode per week on a Saturday.

Having previously found it difficult to stay consistent with content, this has been a brilliant challenge for me, and I must admit, I am quite shocked at how easy it has been to do. And I think that’s got a lot to do with the fact that I enjoy doing it.

Too often, we are bombarded with messages that tell us – If you want to be successful, you must do X Y and Z – but what if we don’t enjoy those things? What if we find them tediously dull and they suck the life out of us? As a creative person, one of the things I struggle to do is to keep pushing the same thing over and over. So instead of reposting the same videos all the time, or instead of marketing the same books over and over, I create new ones. I write and publish at least 2 or 3 books a year, and I am determined to keep posting a new episode of EATV every week, and I even have plans for new shows and I am creating new online workshops too.

You could say that I am just being distracted by the next new shiny thing, which in all honesty could be true. But I think that when you are a creative soul – the creation process is just far more important than the rest. I also really enjoy the creative process of the editing and publishing, both books and videos, but once it’s finished and out there in the world for others to see or read, I feel like my job is done! And I move onto the next thing.

Which, if you are an Indie Author, you know that this is not a good thing. Because if you don’t market your books, then no one knows they exist, and then you don’t sell any copies.

Happily, I decided long ago that regardless of how many copies I sold, I would just keep writing and publishing, because when I don’t write, I actually start to lose the plot. (pun intended, I never plot my books)

So I want to ask you this. What is it you want to create? What drives you? What inspires you? What is stopping you?

If you need help in working all of that out, please check out my Unicorn Workshop, which is now available to buy and follow at your own pace.

You deserve to do what you love. And everyone else deserves to witness your creations.

Here’s My F**king Unicorn!!

It’s here!! The Unicorn has landed!! You can now get the Unicorn book in all its super shiny glory! It is available in shops and on Amazon and if you want a signed copy – from me! (email me 🙂 )

Very excited that you can now get your hands on a copy, let me know what you think!

 

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The Year of the Unicorn!

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Hello Earth Angels! Happy New Year! It is officially (according to me, ahem) the Year of the Unicorn! It’s the year to make all your wildest, craziest, hugest dreams comes true, and I’m here to tell you – YOU CAN … Continue reading

MBS Festival Birmingham

Unicorn & meHad a wonderful time at the MBS Festival in Birmingham last weekend! It was a very busy three days, and I loved chatting to fellow Earth Angels and Unicorn Seekers! Lots of Unicorn books were re-homed, and will hopefully inspire people to follow their passions. I still have a few Unicorn books left in stock, so if you would like a signed, pocket-sized copy, then visit my website and click on the Paypal button.

What I loved most about the festival was seeing the smiles on people faces when they saw the title of the book. A few people who offended by the profanity, but on the whole, something about it resonated with many people!

There was a prize draw for signing up to my mailing list, which was won by Georgia Wyldbore.

I didn’t have time to attend any of the workshops, but I did manage to enjoy getting my own wings, and chat with an awesome Earth Angel I met on FB.

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I also met a wonderful Earth Angel who had begun a community called The Soul Train, for people who are separated from their Twin Flames and soulmates. As well as the online community, there is going to be a Retreat in March too. Please do check out them out!

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The Unicorn is now in Paperback!

** 2017 Update**

Where’s My F**king Unicorn? is now available only in hardback – shiny and with full colour illustrations! It’s in many stores as well as online on Amazon.

 

By popular demand, Where’s My F*cking Unicorn? is now available in paperback – in two sizes! You can get the regular size on Amazon, or the pocket-size from my website – michellegordon.co.uk The pocket-sized one can be signed by moi! If you have read and loved the Unicorn – please consider leaving a review on Amazon! Will love you forever 🙂

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